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VINNIE PAUL Performs With ANTHRAX, DISTURBED During DIMEBAG Memorial Concert

PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul joined ANTHRAX and DISTURBED onstage during Wednesday night's (Feb. 23) benefit show in memory of Vinnie's brother, slain DAMAGEPLAN/PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Vinnie performed PANTERA's "A New Level" with ANTHRAX before sitting behind the kit with headliners DISTURBED for a rendition of the PANTERA signature song "Walk", with many other ...

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METALLICA To Be Immortalized In Computer Game

ContactMusic.com is reporting that METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has confirmed the heavy metal band will be immortalized in a computer game. Poking fun at last year's METALLICA documentary "Some Kind of Monster", Ulrich has also made it clear there will be no group therapy levels in the game. The 41-year-old says, "With the computer game, ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE To Play Only Pre-'Mindcrime' Material On JUDAS PRIEST Tour

QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Geoff Tate recently spoke with "The Hairball John Radio Show" about the group's upcoming U.S. tour with JUDAS PRIEST and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". An excerpt from the interview follows: Hairball John Radio Show: Geoff, I am trying ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer Says They're 'Halfway Done' Recording New Album

QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate spoke to Ferrante's Power Equipment about the group's current tour and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: Ferrante's Power Equipment: When you first wrote "Operation: Mindcrime", did you ...

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JUDAS PRIEST To Release 'The Collection' In April

According to RockRage.com, Legacy Recordings will be issuing a JUDAS PRIEST compilation, entitled "The Collection", on April 5. The three-disc set will chronicle JUDAS PRIEST's musical history with 35 tracks. Each CD will also include one live song ("Grinder", "Desert Plains" and "Devil's Child"). "The Collection" track listing: Disc 1: 01. Rapid Fire ...

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Endorsed by Hate - MAROON

Somewhere in the neighborhood of MARTYR AD and BLEEDING THROUGH resides Germany's MAROON. The sheer weight of the former and the manic song-craft of the latter pop up at various points throughout "Endorsed by Hate". After forming in 1998, the straightedge and vegan (what's left?) quartet released the "Captive in the Room of the Conspirator" ...

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Is Rock Dead?

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News has issued the following report: "Is rock dead? Not quite. But judging from its performance on the charts — and compared to its biggest bands and trends from a few years ago — it's wheezing. Cast your eye down 2004's Top 10-selling album list and you won't ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Recording Shows For Upcoming DVD

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate recently spoke to The Saratogian about the group's current tour and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". According to Tate, the band's current tour is an introduction to the new album — a 15-year later outlook. ...

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Pre-Order JUDAS PRIEST Album And Get Free Collectors Postcards

JUDAS PRIEST unleash their outstanding new studio album "Angel of Retribution" on March 1 (one day earlier internationally). In addition to the standard CD album, a limited edition version will also be made available. This limited edition version will be packaged in deluxe "Hard Back Book" packaging and includes a second DVD disc featuring a ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Frontman Says 'Mindcrime II' Will Be More Experimental Than Predecessor

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate recently spoke to Bergen.com about the group's current tour and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". The question-and-answer session follows: Bergen.com: Seventeen years is a long time to wait for a sequel. Why didn't you make ...

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SLIPKNOT Guitarist Prefers Studio To Road

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that SLIPKNOT will kick off their next North American tour in a little over a month, but if it was up to guitarist James Root, he'd spend more time in the studio working on new music. Root said he thinks SLIPKNOT has been able to break new musical ground with ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND Drummer Says New Album Will Be 'Amazing'

DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen has posted the following update on his official web site: "Just when you thought all my guest appearances were done for my solo album. I've added one final guest to the list. "Byron Stroud: Bassist for STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, FEAR FACTORY, and ZIMMER'S HOLE has joined the guest ...

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'Be Cool' Flick Starring AEROSMITH Singer Coming To Theaters In March

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler plays himself in "Be Cool", the hotly anticipated sequel to "Get Shorty", directed by F. Gary Gray. The flick features Uma Thurman and John Travolta, along with Christina Milian, Cedric the Entertainer, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito, Vince Vaughn, and Andre Benjamin (better known as OUTKAST's Andre 3000). Fans at the AEROSMITH ...

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ROUGH SILK: Lineup Revamped, Writing 'Heavy' Songs Again

Singer Ferdy Doernberg of the German epic/melodic metallers ROUGH SILK has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Hello friends. Well, I'm thinkin' 'bout how to begin this? I guess the best way is to just go for it!!! "Alright. As I'm writing this now I am the only 'surviving' member of ...

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THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Named MTV 'Advance Warning' Artist

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have been named one of MTV's December 2004 "Advance Warning" artists based on the strength of their new video. The video, for the song "Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants", made its world premiere on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" this past weekend and comes from DILLINGER's critically acclaimed new release, "Miss Machine". "Advance ...

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Metal For Life - PAINMUSEUM

HALFORD/TESTAMENT guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak has always been very vocal about his love for '80s/early '90s metal, and the traditional heavy metal influences shine through clearly on his latest release, the first to be issued under the PAINMUSEUM banner. Musically, this is exactly the kind of stuff you would expect to hear from someone who ...

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BEECHER Sign With EARACHE RECORDS

Manchester, U.K.-based hardcore/metal combo BEECHER have inked a multi-album, worldwide deal with Earache Records. Fusing the ethics of primal hardcore with a love for the technicalities and aggression of metal, BEECHER have become known as one of the hardest working bands on the live circuit, treading the boards with the likes of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: Chicago Show To Be Recorded

QUEENSRŸCHE have added a fourth Chicago date to their 2005 winter tour. The concert, which will take place on January 19, 2005 at the House of Blues, will be recorded, according to a posting on the band's web site. "Will it be for a DVD, Internet broadcast, a CD? It's not quite clear what it's ...

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DIMEBAG's Murder Drives Web Search Interest

DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was the No. 16 most requested search term for the week ending Dec. 11, 2004, according to a press release issued by the Lycos search engine. An excerpt from the release follows: "The murder of heavy metal band guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott sent web users scouring the Internet for news ...

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